Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) (NSF 17-542)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:

November 06, 2017

Summary:

 This solicitation seeks proposals to make use of Blue Waters for breakthrough research in any domain supported by the National Science Foundation or any other federal agency. Blue Waters constitutes the largest NSF-funded system and staff dedicated to supporting a small number of projects at the frontiers of computational science.

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Eligibility:

 N/A

Available Funding:

 12 to 15 up to $15,000 for each award, pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17542/nsf17542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Defense Sciences DARPA-BAA-16-46

Sponsor:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Deadline:

Executive Summaries due by 4 PM EST, May 2, 2017

Abstracts due by 4 PM EST, May 23, 2017

Full Proposals due by 4 PM EST, June 22, 2017

Summary:

DSO invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts in one or more of the following technical areas: Mathematics, Modeling and Design; Physical Systems; Human-Machine Systems; and Social Systems. Each of these areas is described below and the RFP includes a list of example research topics that highlight several (but not all) potential areas of interest. Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Mathematics, Modeling, and Design: Development and implementation of advanced mathematics and modeling tools for applications of interest to U.S. national security.

Physical Systems: Leading-edge experimental and/or theoretical research that advances our understanding and capabilities for U.S. national security in the physical sciences.

Human-Machine Systems: Research to analyze, understand, and optimize humanmachine/human-technology systems and system dynamics across a variety of application areas important for U.S. national security (e.g., materials, part and platform manufacturing, defense systems, human innovation systems, and collaborative military systems).

Social Systems: New methods, tools, and approaches to explore and better understand human social systems and dynamics in a national security context.

Eligibility:

All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.

Without prior approval or a waiver from the DARPA Director, in accordance with FAR 9.503, a contractor cannot simultaneously provide scientific, engineering, technical assistance (SETA) or similar support and also be a technical performer.

Available Funding:

Multiple awards are anticipated. The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=028fd5d5bf74f32be40d0528a3b0e5ba&tab=core&_cview=0

The Eppley Foundation for Research

Sponsor:

The Eppley Foundation for Research

Deadline:

LOIs received on a rolling basis. Must be received by March 15th for June awards and September 15th for December awards.

Full Applications (to be invited) due April and October 15th.

Summary:

The Eppley Foundation for Research was incorporated in 1947 for the purpose of “increasing knowledge in pure or applied science…in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication.”

The Foundation funds projects in biological and physical sciences. Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations, endangered species and ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad, and climate change.

The Foundation does not support work in the social sciences, education or computer science, and only rarely funds research into diseases that have considerable financial support available, such as AIDS, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The Foundation does not fund work that can qualify for funding from conventional sources such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, or similar agencies at the state level.

It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks.

Eligibility:

The Eppley Foundation supports advanced, novel, scientific research by PhDs or MDs with an established record of publication in their specialties. Candidates with newly awarded doctorates occasionally, but rarely, meet the Foundation’s requirements for advanced research. Any applicant to the Foundation must be associated with a nonprofit organization with headquarters or a branch office in the US to process the funds. Checks are not issued directly to individuals.

Grants may be awarded for research in foreign countries but only when such applicants are US-based or associated with a US institution that will administer the grant on their behalf. The Foundation rarely considers proposals from foreign nationals studying in the US solely because they are therefore unable to qualify for federal funds.

Available Funding:

 Not specified.

Link to Full RFP:

http://fdnweb.org/eppley/#apply

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)- NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

July 19, 2017-BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017-ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) -NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

July 19, 2017-   BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017- ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-  GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)- NSF 16-596

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Proposals Accepted Anytime

Summary:

MMT supports theoretical and computational materials research in the topical areas represented in DMR’s core or individual investigator programs, which include: Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Biomaterials (BMAT), Ceramics (CER), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). The program supports fundamental research that advances the conceptual understanding of hard and soft materials, and materials-related phenomena; the development of associated analytical, computational, and data-centric techniques; as well as predictive materials-specific theory, simulation, and modeling for materials research. The broad spectrum of research supported in CMMT includes first-principles, quantum many-body, statistical mechanics, classical and quantum Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics methods. Computational efforts span from workstations to advanced and high-performance scientific computing. Emphasis is on approaches that begin at the smallest appropriate length scale, such as electronic, atomic, molecular, nano-, micro-, and mesoscale, required to yield fundamental insight into material properties, processes, and behavior, to predict new materials and states of matter, and to reveal new materials-related phenomena. Approaches that span multiple scales of length and time may be required to advance fundamental understanding of materials properties and phenomena, particularly for polymeric materials and soft matter.

CMMT encourages potentially transformative theoretical and computational materials research, which includes but is not limited to: i) developing materials-specific prediction and advancing understanding of properties, phenomena, and emergent states of matter associated with either hard or soft materials, ii) developing and exploring new paradigms including cyber- and data-enabled approaches to advance fundamental understanding of materials and materials related phenomena, or iii) fostering research at interfaces among subdisciplines represented in the Division of Materials Research.

Eligibility:

The submission date of a proposal from an investigator, whether PI or co-PI, to the CMMT program cannot be within 6 months before or after the submission date of any proposal from that same investigator, whether PI or co-PI, to any DMR disciplinary research activity program (also called individual-investigator program) or the Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program in the Division of Chemistry. Failure to observe this submission constraint may lead to the CMMT proposal being returned without review. Investigators with proposals submitted to the DMREF, PREM, MRSEC, and MIP programs may have a concurrent CMMT submission. In addition, investigators must wait at least 12 months between submissions to CMMT.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: approximately 40, pending availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000, pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16596/nsf16596.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

2016 Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics

Sponsor:

Simons Foundation

Deadline:

The deadline to apply is September 29, 2016, 11:59:59 p.m. EST.

Summary:

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program, which enables research leaves by providing time away from classroom teaching and academic administration.

Rationale: Research leaves from classroom teaching and administrative obligations can provide strong intellectual stimulation and lead to increased creativity and productivity in research. The Simons Fellows program is intended to make leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.

Basis for Awards: A selection committee of distinguished scientists will advise the foundation on the selection of applicants. Awards will be based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.

Eligibility:

A Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at a U.S. or Canadian college or university within the physics or related department, at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical, and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position. In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.

Eligibility for this year’s program is restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single-term sabbatical leave to a full academic year. For applicants at universities on the semester system, the Simons Fellowship will fund up to one semester in the 2017–2018 academic year, either fall 2017 or spring 2018. For those on the quarter system, the fellowship will fund up to one quarter, during the 2017–2018 academic year, extending the sabbatical leave to three quarters.

Available Funding:

The foundation expects to award up to 12 theoretical physics fellowships each year.

The program provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over nine or twelve months, and up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave. The award is to be administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Any unspent funds at the end of the research leave must be returned to the Simons Foundation.

Link to Full RFP:

Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Sponsor:

Department of Energy

Deadline:

Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Summary:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

Eligibility:

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

Available Funding:

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2016 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between November 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Link to Full RFP:

http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/how-to-apply/

DoD USAMRMC FY16 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research – W81XWH-16-R-BAA1

Sponsor:

Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Applications are required, and may be submitted at any time between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

Applications are due by September 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Summary:

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The extramural research and development programs play a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC. General information on USAMRMC can be obtained at https://mrmc.detrick.army.mil/.

This Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016. In accordance with FAR 35.016, projects funded under this BAA must be for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.

Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. Research and development funded through this BAA is intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. This BAA provides a general description of USAMRMC’s research and development programs, including research areas of interest, evaluation and selection criteria, pre-proposal/pre-application and full proposal/application preparation instructions, and general administrative information.

Specific submission information and additional administrative requirements can be found in the document titled “General Submission Instructions” available in Grants.gov along with this BAA. Submission of a pre-proposal/pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org/). Pre-proposals/pre-applications may be submitted at any time throughout the 12-month period. If the USAMRMC is interested in receiving a full proposal/application, the PI will be sent an invitation to submit via eBRAP. A full proposal/application must be submitted through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/).

Eligibility:

Awards are made to organizations only. Organizations eligible to apply include national, international, for-profit, non-profit, public, and private organizations.

Eligible investigators include all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, who are employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization

Available Funding:

A specific amount of funding has NOT been set aside for this BAA, and the number of awards is indeterminate and contingent upon funding availability

There are no specified funding limitations identified for a proposal/application submitted under this BAA, except for the “Applied Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM) Funding” area of interest. A budget should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=12.4203Enter%20Keyword…

ROSES 2015: Early Career Fellowship Program – NNH15ZDA001N-ECF

Sponsor:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Deadline:

Applications are due March 31, 2016

Summary:

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)–2015, solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). ROSES is an omnibus with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics and all together these cover all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station (ISS), CubeSat and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

The purpose of the Early Career Fellowships (ECF) program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, methods, and more. Applicants requesting consideration for ECF may include an additional page to their Curriculum Vitae to provide information that can be used by reviewers to evaluate the PI’s future research contributions and the potential for leadership within the scientific community.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for an ECF one must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as D.Phil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

To be eligible to be named an Early Career Fellow, an individual may not already be in either a “permanent” or a “permanent track” position at the time of submission of their ECF application.

Available Funding:

Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280205